The writers-in-residence program is the lifeblood of the writing community at Hugo House. Since 1999, we have given writers financial support and charged them with creating exciting new work and offering a range of teaching and mentoring services. Residencies run from September through June and may last for up to two terms.
The writers-in-residence holds office hours (for free but by appointment only) for anyone seeking advice and feedback on their writing, and they also lead writing workshops and programs that reach into the heart of Seattle's communities, with a specific focus on underserved populations who may not have access to the arts.
Our current writer-in-residence in poetry is Kary Wayson. In prose, we have Peter Mountford back for his second year. To make an appointment with Peter, email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. To make an appointment with Kary, email her at email@example.com. Please note that it might take the writers as much as two weeks to return your email, and appointments are typically scheduled as much as a month and a half in advance.
Kary Wayson and Peter Mountford will begin taking appointments September 15, 2013.
Kary Wayson’s poems have appeared in Crazyhorse, Poetry Northwest, Alaska Quarterly Review, The Nation,Narrative, FIELD, Filter, The Best American Poetry 2007 and the 2010 Pushcart Prize anthology. Kary was a 2003 Discovery/The Nation award winner, and her chapbook, “Dog & Me,” was published in 2004 by LitRag Press. Her book, “American Husband,” won the Ohio State University Press/ The Journal Award in 2009. A 2012 The Stranger Genius Award nominee, Kary lives and works in Seattle.
Peter Mountford’s debut novel “A Young Man’s Guide to Late Capitalism” (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) won the 2012 Washington State Book Award. His second novel, “The Dismal Science,” will be published in 2014 by Tin House Books. Since earning his MFA from the University of Washington in 2006, Peter’s fiction and personal essays have appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, Best American Voices 2008, Conjunctions, ZYZZYVA, Granta, Salon, and Boston Review. Recipient of grants and fellowships from The Corporation of Yaddo, the Elizabeth George Foundation, 4Culture, Bread Loaf and Seattle’s Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs, he has been a writer-in-residence for Seattle Arts and Lectures since 2008. He currently lives in Ballard with his wife and daughter.
Past Hugo House Writers-in-Residence
2012-2013: Tara Hardy
2009-2010: Ryan Boudinot & Karen Finneyfrock
2008-2009: Angela Jane Fountas & Ed Skoog
2006-2008: Wendy Call & David Wagoner
2004-2005: Matt Briggs & Anna Maria Hong
2001-2003: Kathleen Alcala & Emily White
1999-2001: Joan Fiset & Charles Mudede
1999-2000: Rebecca Brown
Past Hugo Huts Writers-in-Residence
(This program was discontinued in 2010.)
2008-2010: Cienna Madrid & Storme Webber
2006-2008: Todd Faulkner & Cody Walker
2005-2006: Bryan Miller & Bob Redmond
2004-2005: James Arthur & Grant Cogswell
2003-2004: Brenda Bell & Brian Goedde